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Gentleman Harry Retires

By: Lindsay, Philip

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Ivor Nicholson & Watson: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14165

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, spine slightly turned, tiny rip in cloth at top of spine, some dust-soiling to top edge]. Historical novel derived from the exploits of an 18th-century English highwayman, Henry Simms. The author, for reasons that are not quite clear (angling for a sale of the movie rights?), addresses the book's 4-page Dedication to Douglas Fairbanks Jr., citing the actor's "admiration for the heroic deeds of great men in the past," and at... View more info

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The Saints, the Devil and the King

By: Mabie, M.L.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Co.: (c.1930)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18917

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, virtually no wear to book, vintage bookseller's label (The Seven Arts, Carmel) on rear pastedown; jacket similarly nice, with just light rubbing here and there]. Historical novel about King Louis XI, who ruled France from 1461 to 1483, "bring[ing] back to life that great, cruel, patriotic and crafty king in all the strange and splendid color of the fifteenth century." The Hungarian-born jacket designer, Ferdinand Horvath, worked as a layout art... View more info

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Mounted Messenger

By: Meigs, Cornelia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company: 1943

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 5870

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[good solid copy, some darkening to cloth at top/bottom edges, mild wear at spine ends; jacket worn at edges and corners, faded along spine and 1/2" or so adjacent, quarter-size irregular chunk missing at upper left corner of front panel, also some paper loss at both ends of spine]. View more info

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Ulzana

By: Olson, James R.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1973

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15848

ISBN: 0-395-17123-7

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, minor shelfwear and very light soiling to bottom edge, small green "BTP" label on front pastedown; jacket a little worn at extremities, a few small tears, small scrape mark on front panel (slightly affecting author's middle initial)]. (endpaper maps) Novel about "an American Indian hero," an Apache whose life is traced from infancy to adulthood, "and through forty years of war against both the Mexicans and the 'White Eyes... View more info

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Born of the Storm

By: Ostrovsky, Nicholas [Nikolai] (translated from the Russian by Louise Luke Hiler)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Critics Group Press: 1939

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22605

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[some light staining to fore-edge, otherwise a good solid book with minimal shelfwear; jacket sunned at spine, with some wear evident along the top edge along with a few tiny nicks and tears]. "A stirring historical novel depicting the struggle of the Ukranian people against German and Polish aggression." Ostrovsky became a Bolshevik party activist and soon joined the Red Army in 1918, when he was not yet 14 years old. Wounded and demobilized, he went on to su... View more info

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Many Are the Hearts

By: Palmer, Bruce

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10156

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dj


[tight clean copy, minor shelfwear, light smudge on top edge; jacket browned at spine and fore-edge, several ragged tears, moderate soiling esp. to rear panel]. A group of four stories set during the Civil War. "Here the men on both sides of the war are seen, not as historical figures, but as living human beings bathed in an atmosphere of devastating reality. It is as if the [Matthew] Brady prints, in all their sharpness and honesty, had suddenly become infused wit... View more info

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Rebels of Babylon

By: Parry, Owen

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow/HarperCollins: (c.2005)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15332

ISBN: 0-06-051392-6

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely copy, book itself is clean and flawless; jacket shows minor wear along top and bottom edges, light surface scratching to rear panel]. The sixth book in the author's Abel Jones mystery series, set against the backdrop of the Civil War. This one takes place in New Orleans in 1863, where the "corpse of a Yankee heiress washes up on a levee. Citizens disappear in the night from the alleys of the French Quarter. Tales of ritual murder taunt the authorities. A... View more info

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Abram Force: A Novel of the American Revolution

By: Peters, Arthur

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Pinckney MI, Lee-Howard Company: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7301

Condition: Near Fine


[tight and clean, minimal handling wear]. Trade PB "Abram Force," a young Massachusetts farmer, wrenched from peaceful ways into the fury of wwar, found that his dreams of a rich farm, his love for Amy, his very survival depended on his willingness to fight. He, and thousands of aroused colonists like him, formed the backbone of the American Revolution. The disruption of the Force family by divided loyalties, Abram's hard choice, and the growing awareness among A... View more info

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Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story

By: Pinkney, Andrea Davis

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Jump At the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10776

ISBN: 0-7868-0439-4

Condition: Near Fine in Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, with a couple of super-tiny dents at top edge of covers; jacket is perfect, or awful darn close]. (frontispiece map) Two slave children, in alternating narratives, tell about the effects of the Civil War on their life on a Virginia plantation in 1862. View more info

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Phillida; or, The Reluctant Adventurer

By: Reid, H[ilda]. S[tewart].

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1928

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 21286

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear and slight bumping to bottom edges/corners, otherwise a clean and solid book, with a vintage bookseller's label (Capwell's Books, Oakland, California) on the rear pastedown; the jacket is lightly soiled, with tiny tears at a few corners]. Historical novel set in the time of Oliver Cromwell, about "a young gentleman of the University" who gets caught up in the events of the day and condemned to death. He escapes, but ends up being shipped off to... View more info

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Disciple of Temptation; a biographical novel of Guy de Maupassant [*SIGNED*]

By: Richards, Carol

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Robert Hale: 1988

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2997

ISBN: 0-7090-3411-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


Very Good+ in Very Good DJ [pages a little "wavy, " a couple of corners mildly bumped, small brown spot on edge of ffep, top of one page slightly damaged by clip-on bookmark; DJ laminate has a number of diagonal wrinkles]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, just below her printed name (which she has lined through), dated 8th March 1989. Signed by Author View more info

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The Devil's Brigadier

By: Ryan, Don

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22563

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dj


[good solid book, age-toning to edges of text block, literary agency label (MCA Artists Ltd.) on ffep; jacket has small tears and slight paper loss at corners and both ends of spine]. "This is a story of violence, intrigue and revenge in the days just after the [American] Revolution when immigrants were pushing over the Allegheny Mountains to wrest possession of the rich new lands from the Indians, and when a small group of Spanish noblemen schemed with renegade Ame... View more info

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The Great Powwow: The Story of the Nashaway Valley in King Philip's War

By: Sears, Clara Endicott

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1935 (c.1934)

Edition: 2nd impression

Seller ID: 18868

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[lovely book, virtually as new, appears unread; jacket moderately worn at extremities, slight fading/scraping to spine, addtional minor scraping to front panel, tiny chip at top of rear panel]. (B&W plates) "Through this book, which adheres strictly to historical facts, there surges the complete misunderstanding between the white man and the red man; the fierce struggle of the latter for freedom; the tragedy, the sweep of civilization overcoming and overpowering the... View more info

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The Black Tower

By: Seth-Smith, E.K.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Vanguard Press: (c.1957)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7140

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, just a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has a bit of chipping at spine ends, a few tears/chips at bottom of rear panel, very light dampstain at top rear hinge, generally clean and attractive]. The tale, set in 15th-century England, of brothers Edmund and Jasper Tudor,"who gradually come to realize their true identity as a queen's sons." "All the color of the period and the wonder of history are re-created in this adventure of the f... View more info

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David's Stranger [*SIGNED*]

By: Shamir, Moshe (translated from the Hebrew by Margaret Benaya)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London/New York/Toronto, Abelard-Schuman: 1965 (c.1964)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22787

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[good solid copy, slight bumping to top corners; jacket lightly rubbed and a bit soiled, very slight paper loss at several corners]. INSCRIBED (in Yiddish) and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. [See note at end of this description.] Historical novel dramatizing the murder of Uriah the Hittite by King David, "the climax of one of the ageless dramas of the Old Testament." Scarce novel (also known as "The Hittite Must Die") by one of Israel's most disting... View more info

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South of Red River [*SIGNED*]

By: Sherry, Sylvia

Price: $60.00

Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13004

ISBN: 0-241-10579-X

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[moderate shelfwear, small nick at bottom of each board, light foxing to top edge, top corners slightly bumped; jacket shows a little wear and minor wrinkling along top and bottom edges]. INSCRIBED ("For _________ / affectionately," and SIGNED and dated (3 January 1982) by the author on the half-title page. Historical novel, "set in Texas in 1840 during its brief spell as an independent republic after the Mexican war and the Alamo tragedy." The primary... View more info

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Flight from Natchez

By: Slaughter, Frank G.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14420

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[lovely, fresh copy, NOT the common book club edition, top corners bumped, date of original purchase written in red ink at top of front pastedown; otherwise book and jacket are both immaculate]. (endpaper maps) Historical novel set "at the close of the American Revolution, when England and Spain were at war along the lower Mississippi, [and] young Dr. John Powers, scion of an artistocratic but impoverished family, found himself in trouble with his Tory regiment in P... View more info

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The Double Quest

By: Sobol, Donald J.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Franklin Watts, Incorporated: (c.1957)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16222

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very light dust-soiling to top edge, otherwise only a trace of shelfwear; jacket is clean and attractive, with minor wear and very slight paper loss at spine ends, a couple of tiny tears along top edge]. (line drawings) "An enthralling tale of mystery, adventure, and intrigue, told against the vivid background of medieval England," specifically the reign of King Henry II. The narrative hinges around one particular historical episode, the attempted invasion of ... View more info

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Sail the Dark Tide

By: Steward, Davenport

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Tupper & Love: (c.1954)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2697

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[mild wear to book, bumped corners; jacket shows wear at edges/corners, some chipping at spine extremities]. A "nonpartisan novel" (obviously worth mentioning, to an Atlanta-based publisher!) set during the last days of the Civil War. "This is the story of a man and his ship. The man is Wyck Talburt, Southern-born former lieutenant of the United States Navy, the ship is the blockade-runner Wanderer, a gray ghost built to dare the combined might of the North ... View more info

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The Bright Face of Danger; A Tale, wherein are related the adventures of Captain Francis Havenell, of Hookset Hundred in Henrico County, Virginia, during the days of Bacon's Rebellion

By: Sublette, C.M.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: 1926

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17963

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [worn book, bumping to all corners, front hinge cracked, binding loose, soiling/spotting to front cover, cloth somewhat faded at spine, etc.; it's readable, but don't expect more than that or you'll be disappointed] (B&W line drawings; frontispiece + 2 others) Historical adventure fiction, pretty well described by that lengthy subtitle. This copy of the book is of minor "Hollywood" interest, as it is stamped "Important! Return to Warner Bro... View more info